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Trump Says US Business Closures Are Suicidal

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Trump Says US Business Closures Are Suicidal

Trump Says US Business Closures Are Suicidal
April 01
19:30 2020

Now that we are through the Trump administration’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign against the invading Wuhan coronavirus, the President foresees more damage from business closures than the infection.

Trump predicted “suicides by the thousands” two days ago, on March 24, 2020, if whole sectors of the U.S. economy remain shuttered. People despondent and desperate because they can no longer pay their bills and support their families will take their own lives, seeing no other way out of the dilemma.

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The national stay-at-home order, which closed non-essential establishments and services such as beauty salons and bars in mid-March, is an attempt to “flatten the curve” of reported new cases of COVID-19, as championed by the nation’s top doctor, the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Jerome Adams said the new self-isolation and social-distancing policy protects patients and caregivers and asked for team cooperation to ensure the best possible outcomes of the growing national contagion:

“We feel like if we can get all Americans to pitch in for the next 15 days, we can flatten the curve” and “not overwhelm our healthcare systems.”

The President has indicated all along that keeping American businesses open is vital to the lifeblood of our nation. In a virtual town hall on Fox News, Trump voiced his concerns:

“We have to put the country to work. You are going to lose a number of people to the flu, but you are going to lose more people by putting the country in a massive recession or depression.”

Such an economic downturn would also take its death toll, according to POTUS:

“You’re gonna lose people. You’re gonna have suicides by the thousands.”

Trump warned that the threat of mass unemployment could have implications far beyond deaths from virulent influenza:

“You’re gonna have all sorts of things happen. You’re gonna have instability. You can’t just come in and say let’s close up the United States of America, the biggest most successful country in the world by far.”

Repeating words he had spoken at a White House briefing, Trump observed:

“We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem.”

Trump would like to see the U.S. get back to business as usual by Easter Sunday, April 12. He sees limited utility from extending a national guideline that calls for 6-foot social distancing and heightened hygiene awareness and practice:

“We can do much of what we’re doing and we can do it from a work environment instead of an environment where everybody’s locked up and everybody is saying, ‘Oh, the business is gone, the business is gone,’ and everybody’s suffering depression.

“And that causes death and that causes a lot of problems. These are people, they want to save their business they don’t want to be locked up in some room or some apartment or house and in the meantime, their restaurant’s closed, their business is closed…I believe very strongly you’re going to lose far more people by going that way than you are if we kept this thing going.”

The federal “15 Days to Slow the Spread” initiative was extended by Trump last week.

Debunkers are having a field day. One naysayer called the President’s viewpoint “a baseless claim” with “no evidence that suicides will rise dramatically, let along surpass potential coronavirus deaths.” This critic took the counterpoint argument that “suicides tend to diminish as society pulls together in a common purpose.”

Psychologists disagree.

An article published in Forbes in August 2018, began:

“The biggest predictor of suicide may not be depression or thoughts about killing yourself (what people in mental health call “suicidal ideation”) but the feeling of being trapped.”

Feeling trapped in the current context means believing there is no exit from the cage of human existence other than taking one’s own life.

While noting that “the relationship between unemployment and suicide is a complex one,”, the Veterans Administration (VA) stated:

“Unemployment can be detrimental to mental health. It is even associated with an increased risk of suicide.”

The VA found that experienced workers closer to retirement suffer more from joblessness because “Unemployment becomes a greater risk factor for suicide as a worker ages.”

On the flip side, a 2019 study published in January 2020 linked more income (from higher minimum wage levels) to lower suicide rates. Furthermore, suicide rates go down more during times of marked joblessness:

“Minimum wage increases appear to reduce the suicide rate among those with a high school education or less and may reduce disparities between socioeconomic groups. Effects appear greatest during periods of high unemployment.”

There is no way to know how many people in the U.S. will succumb to the COVID-19 infection. Nor can we estimate how many people will end it all when their paychecks dry up.

But it does stand to reason that a store that is never open is doomed to fail. In this analogy, the “store” is the United States.

Whether or not 15 days is enough to quell the viral outbreak, Trump seems determined to re-open American for business.

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  1. Good News
    Good News April 02, 20:56

    For whatever reason Trump is going along with the liars who make up the CV Task Force. Two years ago 80,000 Americans died from the flu, we never shut anything down. If this doubles every week over the next 4 weeks we’d be at 80,000…we are being conned.

    Time for Americans to wake up and take back their country before it’s too late.

    Reply to this comment
  2. Lumberjack
    Lumberjack April 02, 21:08

    Start opening businesses,people are aware of the virus and can cope,we need to start rolling!

    Reply to this comment
  3. Annie
    Annie April 02, 21:33

    This is the biggest scam ever pulled on American people. Where are the homeless people dying on the streets of CA? NY City hospitals have been a war zone for the last ten years so why is it now in the news?

    Reply to this comment

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